Edited by board administrator 9/11/2016, 6:15 am
Three years on - The aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan
• Aid to the Church in Need supports affected dioceses – many churches rebuilt
Three years after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan touched down on the Philippines, the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has taken stock and helped the affected dioceses with more than $1.4 million in aid. The relief money was used for emergency assistance as well as for the reconstruction of churches and church buildings. On the island of Leyte, ten entirely or partially destroyed churches have in the meantime been rebuilt in the Archdiocese of Palo alone. According to the archdiocese, 72 of 76 churches sustained damage during the cyclone.
(All that was left of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, in the Guiuan Diocese destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan © Aid to the Church in Need)
In a letter to Aid to the Church in Need, the archbishop of Palo, John F. Du, expressed his thanks to benefactors, “You have strengthened our faith knowing that God never forgets us, for you are there to respond to the calling of God to help us. Thank you for being there during the time that we need you the most.”
On the Philippine islands of Leyte and Samar, approximately 10,000 people were killed and about 4.3 million lost their homes when Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Yolanda, touched down on 8th November 2013. The high number of fatalities was primarily due to the tidal waves unleashed by the storm, while the devastating destruction in the cities and villages along the coast was mainly wrought by the strong gusts of wind. Wind speeds of up to 380 km/h were measured during the storm. The Cathedral of Palo as well as the airport of Tacloban, the capital city of the province of Leyte, were among the most severely damaged structures.
Today, Typhoon Haiyan is still one of the most severe tropical cyclones to have been observed since accurate records began to be made of weather events.
Aid to the Church in Need will continue to support church rebuilding projects on the Philippines such as the large seminary of the Archdiocese of Palo.
(Mass being offered for the deceased who lost their lives in the St Joaquin parish when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines © Aid to the Church in Need)
Directly under the Holy See, Aid to the Church in Need supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need. ACN is a Catholic charity – helping to bring Christ to the world through prayer, information and action.
The charity undertakes thousands of projects every year including providing transport for clergy and lay Church workers, construction of church buildings, funding for priests and nuns and help to train seminarians. Since the initiative’s launch in 1979, Aid to the Church in Need’s Child’s Bible – God Speaks to his Children has been translated into 172 languages and 50 million copies have been distributed all over the world.
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For more information or to make a donation to help the work of Aid to the Church in Need, please contact the Australian office of ACN on (02) 9679-1929. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Aid to the Church in Need PO Box 7246 Baulkham Hills NSW 2153.
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